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Natya Krama Slokas: Important Rule for Dance

Updated: Apr 22, 2022

In dance, the body limbs are classified as Anga, Pratyanga and Upaanga. The body limbs are used differently when expressing a particular bhava.

  • 6 Angas comprise of : Chest, Waist, Bottom, Hands, Head, Legs. Some experts include the neck as well.

  • 6 Pratyangas : Thighs, Knees, Shoulders, Arms, Stomach. Some experts include the wrists, elbows and ankles as well.

  • 12 Upaangas : Glance, Eyebrows, Eyelids, Eyeballs, Cheeks, Nose, Gums, Lips, Teeth, Tongue, Chin, Face. Some experts include the heels, fingers, feet and palms as well.

Slokam 1:

Asyenaalambayeth geetham

Hasthenartham pradarsayeth

Chaksurbhyam Drishyeth bhavam

Paathabhyam Thalamachareth


The song is sung from throat

Hands express the meaning

Eyes depicts emotions

The feet moves according to thalam.

Slokam 2:

Yetho Hasta Thatho Drishti

Yetho Drishtis Thatho Manah

Yetho Manas Thatho Baavo

Yetho Baavas Thatho Rasah


Wherever the hand goes, the eyes follow

Wherever the eyes go, the mind follows

When the mind is engaged, expression results

Where there is expression, there is beauty.

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